Dr. Tan Yih Kai is a Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1994. Between 1996 and 2006, he pursued his surgical training in the United Kingdom, completing Higher Surgical Training in General Surgery with special interest in Vascular Surgery.
Following this, Dr. Tan returned to Australia to advance his skills in endovascular procedures at Royal Adelaide Hospital and Repatriation Hospital. During this time, he also gained extensive experience in open vascular procedures such as abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, bypass surgery and carotid artery surgery.
Dr. Tan was the Director of Vascular Services at Changi General Hospital (CGH) from 2009 to 2015. He was instrumental in the set up and expansion of Vascular and Endovascular Services in CGH. He was also the founding member and Chairman of Wound Management Committee in CGH who started the yearly national-wide CGH Wound Symposium since 2016. He revamped the wound care service with the introduction of evidence-based and the state-of-the-art wound management techniques in the hospital, leading to the eventual creation of CGH Wound Healing Centre.
Dr. Tan is accredited as a Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP) by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM). He is a key opinion leader in wound care and is a member of the Advisory Board for ConvaTec Group, an international medical company specialising in wound and skin care products.
Dr. Tan engages in active research in the field of wound healing and has published several book chapters. He had given numerous talks and chaired workshops held for both public audiences and fellow health care providers. He was also involved in writing up an International Wound Care Consensus in 2019. He was a core faculty member for the SingHealth Residency Program for General Surgery.
He has special interests in venous diseases (such as leg swelling, leg ulcers and varicose veins), diabetic limb salvage (such as angioplasty and bypass surgery), diabetic foot complications (such as infection, wound and gangrene) and advanced wound care.
Dr. Tan's specialty interests are advanced wound care, diabetic foot complications, diabetic limb salvage, venous diseases and vascular surgery.